The American Pastors Network (APN, www.americanpastorsnetwork.net), the largest national network dedicated to equipping pastors to be a voice for truth in the public square, is welcoming a new state pastors network to its growing organization.
This week, APN will launch the Arkansas Pastors Network (ARPN, www.arpastors.net), a group of pastors in Arkansas who are joining together to “Stand in the Gap for Truth.”
“We are thrilled that the American Pastors Network is growing through the new Arkansas Pastors Network,” said APN President Sam Rohrer, who is also President of the Pennsylvania Pastors Network (PPN, www.papastors.net). “We know that pastors there will be an invaluable support to one another as they engage their congregations to stand for truth and freedom and effect true change in the culture.”
Leading the Arkansas network will be Dr. James A. Brettell as its president. A pastor for more than 30 years, Brettell holds Master of Divinity and Doctor of Divinity degrees from Luther Rice Seminary in Georgia and currently pastors The Christian Way of Life Church. He has made twenty missions trips to Mindanao, Philippines, and two trips to Seoul, South Korea. He has also authored five books, including “What Constitutes Spirituality in the Church Age?” and “Christianity in Spiritual Perspective: Are You Sick-and-Tired of Being Sick-and-Tired?”
“I’m excited to take on this new leadership role with the Arkansas Pastors Network,” Brettell said. “When I first read the mission, vision and purpose statement of APN, that’s all it took to convince me to cast my lot with them. Through this new state network, we will be able to provide Arkansas pastors with resources to help them lead their congregations, as well as host Ministers Together events that will bridge the gap between church and state and unite pastors and politicians for the good of the community. APN leaders are the real deal, and their passion as servants of the Creator of this universe is as sincere and dedicated as mine.”
In 2014, APN announced a more concerted effort to grow its state pastors network initiative through a plan to welcome pastors in all 50 states who will serve as State Network Organizing Representatives. The ultimate goal is to develop free-standing state chapters of pastors and leaders in each state by 2016.
These state networks will focus on their particular states and carry out the mission and purpose of the American Pastors Network, which include:
- Identifying, encouraging, equipping and educating pastors and church members to “Stand in the Gap for Truth;”
- Being a voice for truth and an advocate for pastors in the public square by providing Bible-based and constitutionally consistent analysis and recommendations on matters of public policy; and
- Strengthening the biblical relationship between pastors and elected officials through various private and public meetings for prayer, study and policy discussion.
Current chapters are already doing the important work of providing timely, in-state leadership on issues impacting local families and congregations. Examples of their efforts include speaking out in the defense of marriage and standing up for religious liberty.
Also helping to lead the Arkansas Pastors Network are:
- Dennis Ball, who has worked in law enforcement for 26 years. He is currently a lieutenant serving in the Headquarters Division for a large metropolitan police department in Arkansas.
- The Rev. Michael Edward Eubanks, who works alongside Brettell as Pastor-Teacher in Advanced Training. He has taught the Bible at county detention centers, youth camps, family retreats, military chapels, jails, teen ministries and various churches. He holds a counseling certificate and a degree and diploma as a law and legal assistant. Eubanks also served in the U.S. Army for 12 years.
The American Pastors Network is the largest, national network of pastors who believe in the authority of scripture; who boldly preach the whole counsel of God with a disciplined application of a biblical worldview to public policy; who are building a permanent infrastructure of biblically faithful pastors and lay leaders; and who are mobilizing congregations to participate in the political process on a non-partisan basis. For more information on APN, visitwww.AmericanPastorsNetwork.net. Those interested in forming a chapter within their state may contact firstname.lastname@example.org.